Themed runs are a current trend. You have various color runs, night runs, mud runs, and even zombie runs. Bluegrass Junior Woman’s Club is proud to host Lexington, Kentucky‘s first foam run. The event is brought to you by the creators of Glow in the Night 5k. It will feature large inflatables, goofy obstacles, and lots of foam. The event titled Run Foam Run will benefit Bluegrass Junior Woman’s Club and the clubs special projects. BJWC is a local non-profit devoted to helping disadvantaged women, children, and families through various outreach project. The Santa’s Shopper’s program, Ronald McDonald House, Bluegrass Domestic Violence, and the Children’s Advocacy center all benefit from the hard work and dedication of BJWC members.
What is Run Foam Run 5K? Let Bluegrass Junior Woman’s Club Show You!
Blood, Sweat, and Ink
|My late brother Brandon and his daughter Bella|
I dread May and December. My brother was murdered on May 25th, which fell on Memorial Day that year. Now I’m not sure which day to mourn my brothers passing, so instead I mourn both. December 15th was his birthday and shortly after is Christmas. I always have a six month cycle of mourning and grief. This year I promised to celebrate his life instead of mourning his death. I spent the days reflecting on all the incredible memories we shared. My sister got a beautifully scripted memorial tattoo in his honor. The text read, “Brandon, If love could have saved you, you would have lived forever.” In my heart he will live forever, he is alive as long as our memories are.
|Photo Credit: Anna Peace|
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I chose to get my tattoo on my rib cage under my right arm. It isn’t the most pleasant place to get a tattoo, but I like them discrete. I also don’t have very much meat on my rib cage, and that didn’t help matters.
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At least I knew I was in the capable hands of a tattoo artist who was responsible and was covered with specialist insurance (these details cover some of the information that may be of interest to other tattoo artists or parlour owners like Chuck).
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How This “Stella” Got Her Groove Back
Happy Memorial Day
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I hope everyone remembers that today for so many families is much more than just a day off work or
for barbecues. It is a day of honor and remembrance. Soldiers and their families pay the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. There are soldiers lost in battle, and there are families left behind. No amount of money or gratitude can buy back the time that was lost. You can’t put a value on time.
Military members wear the uniform with honor, courage, and integrity. We should remember the fallen and celebrate the survivors. We should also take a second to remember the unseen scars of war, and the toll it takes on military members and their families. Post traumatic stress disorder might not take their bodies but it will consume their mind.
For the Record…
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My blog is returning to regularly scheduled social good programming. I have had people ask if anyone
made me take my posts down and the answer is no. I just got tired of rereading them and making myself angry. The more I read the conversations between he and other women, the angrier I got. He had tried to convince me that what he had done was my fault. I neglected our marriage and focused on our son, and he almost made me blame myself. I never imagined I would get to a point where I could hate my ex, but loathe him.
I realized he has lied so much, he had started to believe himself. I found out things about him now, and it makes my skin crawl knowing I put up with him that long. He blamed me for the trouble he was in, but it was his actions that got him in trouble. I just made his actions public knowledge. I finally feel like his command can see who he really is, and more importantly what he is capable of. An officer from the National Guard said to me, “I’m glad one of you have made your son a priority.” It wasn’t the first time it had been said, but it was the first time his command had acknowledged that. I am starting to feel that Gabe and I might get the justice we both deserve. You can only lie, cheat, and steal for so long before you will get caught. I have elected from this point forward to hand over all my information to his command, and to the attorney. I need to focus on what I do best, being a mother to my son and contributing to social good.
I don’t even love and respect him as Gabe’s father. My son deserves so much more than the heartless, petty, and ego driven man that is responsible for half his genes. He called child protective services, and not once did it cross his mind that he could cause Gabe to go into the hands of strangers. I have devoted the last 3.5 years of my life to nurturing, protecting, and teaching my son. He tried to blame me for neglecting our marriage to care for our son, and then he turns around to accuse me of anything which would cause him harm. It showed me just how truly reckless, irresponsible, and desperate he is. I refer to him as desperate, because he is desperate to discredit me.
This is my last post about anything related to my future ex-husband. I was finally smart enough to realize he wasn’t worst wasting my breath or the server space!
Happy Satisfying Sunday,
Everyone Needs Validation..
|I was speaking about global vaccine access at KFWC State Convention|
It seems like I have been so consumed with other things lately, I haven’t posted about something that
really matters to me. My true passion for advocacy arose from my involvement with the United Nations Foundation Shot@Life Campaign. There are not words to describe how much the people I work with inspire me. We have so many outside interests yet we are still devoted to one similar cause. Everyone involved with the campaign believes that every child deserves access to potentially life saving vaccines. I have been given so many opportunities and incredible support. Whether it is Aaron talking to us about “using our wine glass” and channeling our voice, Jamie watching over ALL of the champions so diligently, quiet but powerful Maggie driving the campaign forward, or Anastasia and her bright smile and encouraging words, all of the champions have amazing support with the United Nations Foundation staff. I am honored and grateful to be a part of such a wonderful campaign. When I feel like mankind is lost in a very ugly and chaotic world, I look the Shot@Life campaign and I know there is hope. There are good people that love others without hesitation and with true kindness, and my hope for humanity lies in you. When I have been made to feel lesser and unaccomplished by someone who should have been my biggest support, you have made me feel powerful and validated.
In the words of a dear friend, “Don’t let anyone dull your sparkle.” You are amazing and you were meant to shine. You should be able to trust others, but most of all learn to trust yourself. You know that you are powerful beyond measure, and you can achieve anything that you put your heart into. Don’t let the belittling, petty, and hurtful actions of others change the heart of who you are. We were born to do amazing things.
Happy Smiling Sunday,
Do Not Stand At My Grave and Weep
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